Do you feel like you’re constantly scrimping and scraping when the time comes to do your weekly food shop? If so, then rest assured that you’re not alone.
We’re all feeling the financial pinch in 2022 leading into 2023, and with every penny counting, any tips where we can save money on food are very gratefully appreciated.
Food shopping is considerably more expensive than it was several years ago, and with pandemics, global conflicts, Brexit, soaring inflation, food shortages, driver shortages, and strikes now seemingly a part of everyday life, that isn’t going to change quickly.
As expensive as food shopping can be, we all need to eat to live, and if we shop smart and have a little know-how, we can bring our food bills right down without missing out.
Here’s a look at how you can save money on food and feast like a king on as little as 33p per day.
Make plenty of storage space
If you want to save money on food and really bring your food shopping bill down, one of the first things you need to do is get organised and make plenty of storage space.
To save money you’re going to need to bulk buy and stock up on dried and tinned goods, and obviously you’re going to have to have somewhere to store them all. Take the time to organise your kitchen cupboards or pantry if you have one, and make space to store the food you buy in bulk.
For things like pasta, rice, noodles, and oats, you may need to invest in large air-tight storage jars or vessels to store them in. This will keep them fresh once opened, and it will also look and feel a lot more organised, and tidy as well.
Use every last item of leftovers you have
Another very simple and effective tip for anybody looking to save money on food is to use up every last item of leftovers you have.
Got a tiny chunk of cheese in the fridge that’s too small to do anything with? Don’t waste it, grate it, freeze it, and then use it to sprinkle over dishes like pasta or chilli.
Got a couple of small carrots hiding in the back of the fridge that are too small to do anything with? Go ahead and peel them, dice them, and freeze them. If you can find a bit of onion and a chunk of celery just turning floppy, go ahead and dice those up and add them to the carrot, and you have a mirepoix to serve as a base for soups, stews, and pasta dishes.
Any leftovers, no matter how small they may be, can be prepped and frozen as long as they haven’t turned bad.
Follow your favourite brands on social media
When looking to save money on food, every little helps, which is where social media can be so useful.
If you have your favourite brands of food, follow them online and keep your eyes peeled for any special offers or promotions they may be running. You can also sign up for their newsletter as they often provide discounts for new subscribers.
Brew your own booze
Okay, we know that alcohol isn’t healthy, but in moderation it’s a great treat and it can serve as a very tasty ingredient for cooking with as well.
If you drink beer for example, instead of going to the pub or stocking up on cans or bottles of beer, why not brew your own? You can get beer brewing kits and equipment for very affordable prices, which will save you a fortune in the long run.
If you use a beer making kit, you can enjoy delicious beer for less than £1 a pint. Considering the average pint of beer in a pub is now closer to £6, that’s an amazing difference.
Even if you’re not much of a drinker, brewing your own beer can be useful for cooking, as you can make amazing dishes with beer, such as a steak and ale stew, or an ale and onion gravy for your bangers and mash.
Sign up for a wholesalers
Rather than doing your food shop at a supermarket, why not sign up and become a member at a wholesalers or cash and carry?
These stores sell food in bulk, and for far cheaper prices than supermarkets. Not only can you get some great bargains, you can also find a selection of more unique foods and drinks that you might not be able to find elsewhere.
Cook individual portions
While batch cooking can be a great way to save money, cut back on waste, and save time during the week, if you have no intention of batch cooking then try to cook individual portions instead.
We’ve all cooked more food than we intended to in the past, and usually, most of what was left either got wasted, or got thrown into the back of the freezer for years, rather than being eaten at a later date.
If you want to save money on food, cook individual portions instead. Instead of using a large pan full of pasta, use a smaller pot and only cook the exact amount that you intend on eating. This will help your pasta to stretch further, cut back on waste, and help you with portion control as well.
Buy whole chickens
While being able to go to the supermarket and buy a pack of 400g diced chicken breasts is useful, you can pay upwards of £4 for one pack of breasts. For less than £4 however, you can purchase a 1.2kg whole chicken.
Sure, if you buy whole chickens you will need to cut off the breasts, thighs, and wings, but once you do, you’ll have the equivalent of a pack of breasts, a pack of thighs, and a pack of wings. Not only that, but you can also use the carcass to make chicken stock with some old vegetables, seasoning, and a few herbs.
Buying a whole cooked chicken is much more economical than buying the meat individually, and it means that you can use the entire bird.